Learning to ride, falling down, getting back on
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Nathan Alling Long lives and teaches in Richmond, Virginia, and is a frequent contributor to Readers Write. For five years he was the fiction editor of RFD, a journal about rural gay life, and he’s currently working on a novel about a child of indeterminate gender growing up in small-town America.
I was a shy, awkward sixteen-year-old. I hated the mall, the holidays, and commercialism in general. But for some reason — the money? the challenge? the sheer stupidity of it? — I told my sister I would do it. Being Frosty became my first job ever.